Karel Jan Kosman
Karel Jan Kosman returned to Prague, his birthplace, shortly after the 1989 “velvet revolution” that set the Czech Republic on a path from socialist centralism back to democracy. Soon he became actively engaged by helping to privatize industries and restore free enterprise.
As many Communists turned coats to become entrepreneurs, Karel noted their tendency to seek a monopolistic advantage, to hammer out win-lose deals. And he preached about the American way of win-win that benefits all parties and prospers the country.
After twenty years of service in the Czech Republic, Karel and Liba returned to Colorado. They were disappointed seeing that win-lose had become quite a bit the norm in American business and politics. That inspired Karel to begin writing The Twin, contrasting the Earth with a twin planet in a parallel universe where win-lose dealings are against the law.
Karel self-published the first draft in March 2018 under the hashtag #TheTwin. Having received much constructive critique and encouragement from family, friends, as well as formal reviewers, he’s completed the work and published THE TWIN: Who Are They? And Who Are We?
Karel Jan Kosman strives for rich content. Here are some of the story’s key terms and what they mean.
Bohemia is a tropical island on Twin settled by a clan of Bohemes. On Earth, Bohemia is the western province of the Czech Republic, neighboring on Austria in the south, Germany west, Poland north, and Moravia east. Karel and Liba were born in Bohemia. The name originates from “Boii-homeland” of the ancient Celtic tribe.
Book of Life is where the eternal spirits of all the children yet to be born are waiting. Karel, the reporter, is taken there to see a glimpse of his future twin daughters.
Elites are exceptional individuals who, however, use their influence to merge wealth with power (of governance). Not good for democracy.
Lucifer was to be the bearer of light but became the ruler of darkness.
Minds Unfettered are minds untethered from gravity, liberated from finiteness, and confirmed in cosmic kinship.
Original Sin was Adam’s decision to accept Lucifer’s instant top-down governance solution rather than build a world based on bottom-up democracy.
Planet Heaven is the name of a twin planet in a parallel universe, on Earth generally referred to as Twin.
Social Science Fiction is a sci-fi that explores social themes on top of technological predictions. We invite readers’ contributions here.
Space Capsule is a spacecraft built on Twin, having a secure inner crew compartment within a protective outer skin. It is capable of replicating itself or transforming into a survival dome.
Time Differential Wormhole connects two parallel universes. It has no measurable length; a capsule entering at one end, then immediately re-entering at the other end, would come back with minimum delay. But any traveler would shed twenty-four years of age going through the negative time dimension, then age by the same amount going back.
Time Travel: Who knows the essence of time that scales the universe with light and synchronizes electro-chemical processes of life on Earth?
Tower of Babel was a scheme by Lucifer to organize the entire world under his authority. Centralists follow the same plan.
Liba D Kosman
Liba is trigger happy with her little camera, through the lens searching the creation with a sense of wonder.
See her March 2019 take, The Watching. The image is as captured by Liba’s camera – no Photoshop magic!
A busy communicator, Liba stays in touch daily with the family, relatives, neighbors, and the larger Bohemian community. You are welcome to connect with her on Facebook.
The Twin storyline called for a “talented Earthling descendant” who’d hand-illustrated Pamela’s message to her native planet. A world-wide search for an artist to fill that role has led to Avinash Tiwari of India.
Avi has been creative since he can remember. In a childhood full of comics and superhero magazines, he was inspired to start sketching his own imaginations. He never lost that passion even as he chose his professional career in healthcare. Now a superhero himself, Avi serves his country folks long hours at a clinic. Yet he returns every free moment to his art, loving the way the pen feels in his hand as he moves it over the paper.
Avi’s artwork is presented in Images.